Malaysia is the most rising country in Southeast Asia. Its cultural diversity, untold scenic beauty, hotels, resorts, and modern architecture makes it a promising tourist destination. The Government of this country has taken tourism seriously and it has been becoming a targeted place for tourist day by day. In 2010 about 2 million foreign tourists traveled to Malaysia. Although most of them were from neighboring countries such as Singapore and Indonesia, a growing number of other foreign tourists are discovering this country as well. Today we are going to overview some of the top tourist attractions in Malaysia.
Tourist Attractions in Malaysia:
10. Cameron Highlands
Developed by the British in the 1920s, the Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. It is not smaller than Singapur. It has a population of more than 34,000 people consisting of multi-ethnic groups like Malays, Chinese, Indians, and others. The Cameron Highlands is famous for its trails leading visitors through the forest to waterfalls and other quiet spots. Beside its jungle walks, the sanctuary is also known for its tea plantations. The visitors can book several “tea factory” tours.
9. Georgetown Inner City
Situated on the north-east corner of Penang Island, George Town is the capital of the state of Penang. The city was named after Britain’s King George III. It is a top tourist attraction in Malaysia. Most of the population is of Chinese origin. George Town retains many of its colonial-era shop houses to this day due to strict controls.
It is recognized officially as having the most unique architectural and cultural townscape in Southeast Asia and the inner city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town truly comes to life in the evenings. All the locals head to the nearby street hawkers to have their meals and drinks there.
8. Taman Negara
Taman Negara previously known as King George V National Park is one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. Taman Negara literally means “national park”. It is full of massive trees, jungle treks of various duration, waterfalls and the world’s longest canopy walkways.
There are several trails that help the visitor to explore the forest without a guide. It houses some vulnerable species such as the Asian elephant, tigers, rhinos, and leopards but numbers are low and sightings are not very common. It’s unlikely that you will see anything more than birds, small deer, lizards, tapir, snakes etc.
7. Pulau Tioman
Tioman is a top tourist attraction in Malaysia. It is a small island, located off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Tioman was selected as one of the world’s most beautiful islands by Time Magazine in the 1970s. Ever since, tourists have cherished to go to this island, seeking a flavor of paradises. The island is enclosed by numerous white coral shoals, making it a dream place for scuba divers. The interior is densely forested. In the monsoon (November to February) time there are more visitors than inhabitants but at other time it is a dead silent desert place.
6. Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo with a summit height of 4,095 meters (13,435 ft). It is protected as Kinabalu Park and a World Heritage Site. It’s tremendous diverse flora and fauna are known worldwide. At Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding, over 600 species of ferns, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species have been identified.
Climbing on the main peak of the mountain is not very tough and can be climbed easily by a person with a good physical condition without mountaineering equipment although climbers must be accompanied by guides. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Malaysia.
5. Petronas Twin Towers
Before being surpassed in 2004 by Taipei 101, The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur had the dignity of the world’s tallest buildings. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world as the World Trade Center had destroyed. The 88-floor towers are built largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble patterns found in Islamic art. There is a sky bridge between the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors.
Langkawi must be one of the top tourist attractions in Malaysia. It is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 65,000, the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. Circulated with long, white beaches and with an interior of jungle-covered hills and craggy mountain peaks, it gets a World Geopark status from UNESCO.
So it’s not difficult to understand why it is Malaysia’s most heavily promoted tourist destination. The most popular beaches on Langkawi can be found on the west coast with a wide range of restaurants and here are some of the best resorts in Langkawi.
3. Perhentian Islands
The Perhentian Islands are definitely among the top tourist attractions in Malaysia. It is located off the coast of northeastern Malaysia not far from the Thai border. There are some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and great diving with plenty of cheap motels. Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”) are the two main islands of The Perhentian Islands. Both the islands have turquoise blue sea and palm-fringed white sandy beaches.
2. Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre
Located about 25 kilometers west of Sandakan in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation was opened in 1964 for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, and illegal hunting. In this rehabilitation facility, the orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready.
The sanctuary is neighbored within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, much of which is virgin rainforest. Around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. It is one of Sabah’s top tourist attractions for locals and outsiders.
1. Mulu Caves
The Mulu Caves are located in the Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysian Borneo. It is the top tourist attraction in Malaysia. The park encircles incredible caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest position. The largest cave chamber in the world, the Sarawak chamber is found in one of the undergrounds. It has been told that the chamber is so big that it could accommodate about 40 Boeing 747s, without overlapping their wings. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in a very remote area.